In the beginning of the novel, The Giver, a character demonstrates that memories can be kept, not thrown away. This story starts off with Jonas being nervous on the ceremony of twelve. Jonas discovers colors he never saw before. This experience resulted in a big difference of a bond of colors in memories through the progression of the Giver giving memories to Jonas. Jonas heard his first negative memory. Memories are very valuable. On page 68 It gives rules.
Would you rather live in a community that has no choice, where everyone is the same or live in a community where their is danger but everyone is different? In Lois Lowry’s The Giver Jonas lives in a community with almost complete sameness. Sameness has its advantages and disadvantages, but is Sameness always a good thing?
Imagine a world without fear, pain, war, poverty, hunger, or terror. The community in The Giver may sound like a perfect world (a utopia). However, when you read between the lines you realize that in order to achieve all of these things you have to take away some very important aspects of life such as; emotions, love, diversity, choices, and even the ability to see colours. For a community to take away all those elements of life isn’t a utopia. You’re surviving, not living, and you end up going through life without feeling anything. Just living and doing what you are told to do without a second thought. It is for these reasons that I would not want to live in The Giver’s society.
In the story everyone is colorblind so no one can choose different colors and have no opinion, they also have the same bike and clothes. If you are a girl you have to wear a ribbon in your hair until you are nine and then once your ribbon gets taken out of your hair you get a jacket. For instance, “ ”Our people made the choice, the choice to go to sameness. Before my time, before the previous time, back and back and back. We relinquished color when we relinquished sunshine and did away with differences.” He thought for a moment. “We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others” “ (124). One of the problems with the community having sameness is that the newborn children could never experience sunshine or snow, but they never have to experience pain or starvation. They feel, wear, and look the same, the community will never feel different, but the only difference is their age and little accessories. For example ,“ It’s the way they live. It’s the life that was created for them. It’s the same life that you would have, if you had not been chosen as my successor” (192). Jonas and the community’s whole life has been controlled by elders. They have never been able to make their own choices without the elders. This represents how sameness appears to be the antagonist and how they can never be
In The Giver the authorities aim at achieving “Sameness” which means all people must be equal and the same. Lois Lowry describes a world of “sameness” where the lack of differences allows all members of the community to have predetermined roles and to follow an enforced set of rules. The Elders depict sameness in a way that makes it sound absolutely necessary, and without it, the whole world may fall apart. In the community of The Giver people accept everything as it is because they do not know any difference: “Our people made that choice, the choice to go to Sameness. Before my time, before the previous time … we relinquished sunshine and did away with difference” (Lowry, Giver 95). This sameness is terrifying and further imposes conformity on all people. So the community of The Giver is a uniformed society. People wear the same clothes; eat the same food; their houses are the same; and most of them look the same as well. By the age of ten, they all have the same short hair style: “females lost their braids at Ten, and males, too, relinquished their long childish hair took on the more manly style which exposed their ears” (Lowry, Giver 46). In The Giver the purpose of sameness is to protect people from wrong choices and to achieve safety for them.
One prediction that can be made for the book The Giver is that Lois Lowry is trying to tell the readers ,that in a world without pain or memories humans can lose their connections with the past, not only their memories of love and compassion, but also memories of their mistakes and wars that really make them human. People’s memories help humans learn from their mistakes and become better people. In the text to text document about The Giver the passage said, “It occurred to Lowry that without memory there is no longer any pain. She imagined a society where the past was deliberately forgotten, which would allow the inhabitants to live in a kind of peaceful ignorance. The
Jonas discovers what is really beyond his community, beyond all the rules and policies they have to follow; he decides to leave and give all of his memories to the rest of the community so they would know about what they have not seen or experienced before. Jonas discovers that the community has decided too many things for everyone. He realizes Sameness is not right, that it cannot last any longer. He thinks of all the what-ifs. What if the Elders choose a wrong spouse? What if the Elders choose the wrong job for someone?
Imagine a world in which everything is the same. There is nothing different or unordinary about this world. In “The Giver” that is the way the community was built. Everything was the same, it was horrid! The community should not have sameness because everyone is different, so for some sameness is boring.
The people in the Brave New World society are divided into five castes. The highest most intelligent caste is the Alphas; they are the ones that make the rules and regulations for all other lower castes to follow. Betas, Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons follow in order as well as intelligence, level of control, and social stature. Neo-Pavlovian conditioning ensures the order of the castes. For a society to be socially stable every person in the society must feel like they belong. The caste system in Brave New World ensures that every person in the society has a function that they feel is essential to the success of the society as a whole. Since jobs are designed for each caste by the social skills they exhibit and their intelligence level, it makes it possible for very member of the society to do a job specially designed for their level of ability. Gammas and Deltas carry out menial tasks such as operating an elevator, or being a gopher. Alphas are designated jobs such as the manager of a company or a doctor. The caste-system affects the individual by making them feel needed and therefore avoiding social conflicts having to do with an individual feeling like they are left out of society.
“Color.” It’s all around us, we see it every day of our lives, everything has color, but the people in Jonas’ community didn’t know this. They had no clue what color was or that it even existed. Their society was hue less, hopeless, and everything was the same until the new receiver of memory changed that for everyone. In our world choice is a big part of our everyday lives we make many choices a day, do I want this or that, green or blue, this shirt or that shirt? But in The Giver choices were made for them, what they wear, how they act, what they say, what they eat, and what they do for a living. Imagine all that stuff being chosen for you. Everyone would be dressed the same, act the same,
"I don't understand people who dream in black and white. I just don't get it. My dreams have always been vivid color.” This was a statement given in an interview by Director Gary Ross after the release of his film, Pleasantville. Pleasantville, a film that basically represents anti-nostalgia, takes the use of Technicolor and uses it as a metaphor for peoples desires, fears, and maturation.
This means everyone must have an assigned job that benefits the society. Nobody can be a slacker and just float by. Every person in the community needs to pitch in and help run it. In the novel The Maze Runner each gladiator has their own job to do that helps the Glade function as a whole. When Thomas, who is the protagonist, is being given a tour of the Glade by the leader Alby, Alby states “The Glade is cut into four sections. Gardens, Blood House, Homestead, Deadheads”(Dashner 43). People working different jobs will help the new society function because if nobody helps run the community, there would be no order, just chaos. By having every citizen do their part for the good of the community, the community would be able to function
The community of man is far from perfect, purely because of man’s greed to understand, own, and command everything. There is a concept of utopia that can never be achieved because of these reasons. When I think of man, I think of corruption, and disobedience because we are far from what God had created us to be. According to Ephesians 4:29-32 we must not let no corrupting talk come out of our mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from us, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.